Example assessments we have undertaken include: a new restaurant or takeaway extraction system noise survey; Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP), Condenser Unit or Air Conditioning (AC) noise survey; new industrial unit potential noise impact.
Local Authority Planning Applications or Environmental Permit Applications for commercial or industrial sites often require a Noise Impact Assessment or noise survey report following the guidance of British Standard 4142:2014 methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound including fixed plant installations (e.g. air conditioning, kitchen extracts).
A noise assessment can be required when your project will introduce new noise sources to a location close to residential accommodation. The purpose of the resulting noise assessment report is to clearly determine if noise complaints are a likely result of the new noise source.
In some cases where the proposal will lead to noise complaints, we can specify cost effective mitigation to enable the scheme to proceed. Often by re-positioning or enclosing the noise source.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (CNAWR) places a duty on employers to make an assessment of noise exposure within their workplace and ensure that noise exposure levels are reduced to as low as reasonably practicable. In addition there is a specific requirement for those employees exposures to average noise levels exceeding 80dB to undergo an ongoing regime of health surveillance.
There is also an exposure limit value of 87 decibels, taking account of any reduction in exposure provided by hearing protection, above which workers must not be exposed.
The Noise at Work assessment is completed in three stages...
Whether you require an L108 workplace noise survey report, health surveillance or just simply advice, you can be reassured our team will be able to help.
During a Local Authority planning permission for a new or update to a residential development, it’s common that your Local Authority will request a noise impact assessment or noise survey if your proposed dwelling is near a noise source such as a busy road, railway line, industrial premises, or entertainment venue. These types of assessments are generally formed under the guidance within British Standard 8233:2014: Sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings and the Professional Planning Guidance (ProPG) 2017.
The recently published Acoustics Ventilation and Overheating (AVO) Residential Design Guide guidelines recommend an approach for “good acoustic design” as described in the ProPG. The AVO guide gives detailed guidance regarding the impact of noise ingress under overheating conditions.
Road traffic and rail noise is important for planning purposes for new build developments to make sure the internal noise levels are acceptable. There are recognised standards such as the Calculation of Road Traffic Noise (CRTN) and Department of Transport Technical Memorandum Calculation of Rail Noise, 1995 (CRN) which we work to. The noise monitoring procedure set out in CRTN requires that road traffic noise is monitored for a continuous period of three hours on a normal week-day between 10.00 hours and 17.00 hours at a location which is at least 3.5 metres from the nearest kerbside. The 3-hour road traffic noise level measured can then be converted to an 18-hour level.
The aim of a noise assessment is to quantify the baseline noise environment at the proposed site and surrounding area. The potential noise impact on the future occupants of the residential dwelling will be assessed. It is important that noise levels are controlled to an acceptable level both internally and externally, to provide comfortable living and sleeping conditions.
The process of undertaking a planning application noise assessment generally includes:
To meet guideline noise levels, and if required, we can determine the type of double glazing and ventilation specifications you require based on the results of the noise survey.
We have experience of operating at a number of construction sites, working alongside construction teams and local authorities to provide an agreed monitoring methodology, risk assessment and suitable acoustic solutions action levels within a wider Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) in order to satisfy the noise requirements or planning conditions imposed upon the site.
A Noise Management Plan (NMP) can be required to support an Environmental Permitting Application or a Planning Application. It has two main purposes: A statement of intent with regards to your intention to mange noise on site.
A NMP will normally include:
Odour impacts from a Potential Development
An odour assessment survey is a qualitative assessment of the immediate surroundings of a proposed development or operation such as a restaurant or takeaway. Its objective is to assess the possible odour impact that may be caused. The odour assessment is carried out in line with the EMAQ, (2018) Control of Odour and Noise from Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Systems, (amendment DEFRA, 2005)
An odour assessment survey can be useful for developers/business owners looking to build a single new commercial property, or expand or change the use of an existing one. The odour assessment provides a qualitative analysis of the potential odour impact on the local vicinity.
Odour Impacts to a Potential Development
Guidance on the Assessment of Odour for Planning, Version 1.1 Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM), 2018. The IAQM published the 'Guidance on the Assessment of Odour for Planning’ document in July 2018. This guidance specifically deals with assessing odour impacts for planning purposes, namely potential effects on amenity to a new proposed development, e.g. residential.
A noise assessment can be required by the local council for a proposed new or expanding pub or bar if there is potential to impact nearby residents from the exposure of music and patrons chatting inside though the weakest point, such as a door or window and also from outdoor seating areas.
BS4142:2014 is the prescribed standard for assessing fixed plant sources of industrial and commercial noise on residential receptors for the UK. It is noted the assessment omits usage for music and entertainment noise sources, however, the method of referencing noise emissions to the background noise climate is deemed a useful tool for the assessment.
According to BS4142:2014, the following ‘Low Impact’ target should be achieved. It is useful to consider the exceedance of the background noise level in relation to the lower frequency bands, 63Hz and 125Hz, due to the prominent low frequency content within recorded music from the base sound.
Good Practice Guide for Control of Noise from Pubs & Clubs as published by the Institute of Acoustics (IOA).
A noise assessment can be required by the local council for a proposed new early years nursery if there is potential to impact nearby residents from the exposure of children playing outside.
There is no specific British Standard or guidance document which considers noise emissions from children using an external play space. Therefore, it is necessary to consider guidance within other relevant Standards and documents.
Day nurseries are often considered vital parts of the early years’ education provision for the local area and could be regarded as a significant benefit to the wider community. Relevant guidance such as IEMA and NPPF stipulate that the impact from such local infrastructure developments should be assessed at a macroscopic level rather than in isolation.